State-by-State Guide to Taxes on Middle-Class Families
Tool | November 2021

Ohio State Tax Guide for Middle-Class Families

State tax rates and rules for income, sales, gas, property, cigarette, and other taxes that impact middle-class families.


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The state income tax burden in Ohio is reasonably light, with a top tax bracket of 3.99%. But watch out for municipal income taxes, as these can run as high as 3%. Property taxes in the Buckeye State lean high, too. Sales taxes are more reasonable.

Income Tax Range

Low: 2.765% (on taxable income from $25,001 to $44,250)

High: High: 3.99% (on taxable income over $110,650)

Cities and school districts in Ohio can also impose local income taxes.

Sales Tax

5.75% state levy. Localities can add as much as 2.25%, and the average combined rate is 7.22%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Groceries: Exempt
Clothing: Taxable
Motor Vehicles: Taxable
Prescription Drugs: Exempt

Real Property Taxes

In Ohio, the median property tax rate is $1,532 per $100,000 of assessed home value.

Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: 38.51¢ per gallon.
Diesel: 47.01¢ per gallon.

Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $1.60 per pack (additional $0.35 per pack in Cuyahoga County)
Cigars: 17% of the wholesale price with a cap of $0.54 per cigar
Little cigars: 37% of the wholesale price
Chewing tobacco: 17% of the wholesale price
Snuff: 17% of the wholesale price
Vapor products: $0.10 per ml

Beer: $0.18 per gallon
Wine: $0.32 per gallon ($1.50 if sparkling)
Liquor: $9.83 per gallon
Liquor tax is an estimate by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and published by the Tax Foundation. Cuyahoga County has additional excise taxes on all alcohol.

Annual Car Taxes and Fees

No annual vehicle tax or fee is imposed.

Estate and Inheritance Taxes

No estate or inheritance tax.